Hours after learning Brece room will be lost for the season, the Jets are trying to replace him. They trade for Jaguars in reverse james robinsonreports NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport (on Twitter).
Jaguars’ 2020 and 2021 race leader Robinson has seen his role reduced due to the surge in the first round of 2021 Travis Etienne. Robinson will be ready to team up with the 2021 draft Michael Carter for a 5-2 Jets team. The Jags will acquire a conditional sixth round from the Jets, with ESPN.com’s Adam Schefter adding (via Twitter) the choice could become a fifth.
This news comes after Doug Pederson said Robinson was suffering from knee pain. The Jets will be betting on UDFA succeeding, though the Division I-FCS product is less than a year away from tearing his Achilles. Robinson, however, recovered from this serious injury. He’s rushed for 340 yards on 81 carries this season, scoring three touchdowns.
In Robinson, the Jets acquire a player who set an NFL record for most rookie-year scrimmage yards (1,414) accumulated by a UDFA. Robinson did it in just 14 games two seasons ago, being closed for Jacksonville’s last two contests. After Etienne was injured by Lisfranc in the 2021 preseason, Robinson rushed for 767 yards and eight touchdowns. While December’s Achilles tear ended Robinson’s sophomore season on a sour note, he still saw his yards per carry increase from his rookie year (4.5 to 4.7) . He is at 4.2 this season.
As a former UDFA, Robinson can be extended at any time. But it can also be selected in 2023 on RFA call for tenders. This gives the Jets options. For now, though, he’s set to join Carter in the team’s post-Hall backfield.
A fourth-round pick in 2021, Carter averages 3.5 yards per carry. Carter started the year with a bigger role, but as Hall progressed in Mike LaFleur, the North Carolina product has become a clear backup option. It will be interesting to see how the Jets deploy Robinson and Carter, but the former has proven himself much more as an NFLer thus far.
Jacksonville is now attached to Etienne. The Jags played Robinson on just 12 snaps in Week 7, signaling a changing of the guard. The team took Etienne for Urban Meyer‘s a year running the show, doing so after Meyer surprisingly lamented Kadarius Toney being picked just before Etienne became the team’s pick. Etienne is signed until 2024 but can be controlled until 2025 via the fifth year option. Trevor LawrenceA versatile Clemson teammate, Etienne progressed from his first games in the NFL. He had 566 scrimmage yards in seven games, scoring his first touchdown as a pro on Sunday.